Thursday, December 4, 2008

LCHS Musical Selection Committee Meets, Discusses Choices

Members of the Lewis Central International Thespian Society's Musical Selection Committee met on Thursday, December 4, 2008 and began discussing and listening to samples from five of the finalists for this year's musical.

Please check out the five musicals discussed in the meeting. Stay tuned for more details.

GYPSY--click here to access show information

The story starts in Seattle with stage mother, Rose, pushing her two daughters into Uncle Jocko's Kiddie Show. June, her mother feels, is the most likely to become a star. Louise is plainer and quieter; she stands meekly in her sister's shadow. A new act called 'Baby June and her Newsboys' is conceived by Rose, and the family is off to the 'big time' in Los Angeles. The act steeped in star spangled banners, dancing horses (Louise plays the rear end), and screaming newsboys moves to Dallas, Akron, New York, Buffalo and Omaha. Along the way Rose meets Herbie, a theatrical agent, and hires him as manager. He makes himself father to the troupe, sharing with them their meals of chow mein, Rose's favorite food. Rose scrimps as she schemes and scrambles for bookings and billings to maintain their hand to mouth existence. She sleeps her charges six in a dingy hotel room and makes their costumes from hotel blankets. Her object is to make her two penniless girls into world stars. The girls begin to grow up and the act becomes 'Dainty June and her Newsboys.' Unfortunately its quality does not improve. Bookings are cancelled and the act moves on.

Louise wishes that Momma would marry a plain man so they could settle down. Herbie proposes but is rejected. June elopes with Tulsa, one of the boys in the act. Rose sets out to make Louise into the star. She bursts into new enthusiasm with the rousing number Everything's Coming Up Roses. Behind Rose lies a worrying sense of doom; a feeling that she never will fulfill her dream of stardom for her girls because it is really a dream of stardom for herself.

Finally the troupe reaches the bottom, a burlesque house in Wichita. Rose laments that she would rather starve than perform there. Louise realizes there is no vaudeville left except for burlesque. Here the clumsy Louise shoots into stardom by becoming something different: a ladylike stripper. Three strippers dressed respectively in a ballet costume, a trumpet and well placed electric light bulbs are used in a most exaggerated, but very funny number, You Gotta Get a Gimmick, to indicate the difference between the usual brassy stripper and the very elegant Louise. At last Louise breaks away from her mother and goes out on her own as Gypsy Rose Lee.

Rose bursts into the plaintive Rose's Turn in which she sings of her suppressed talents that she has sacrificed to further the careers of her unappreciative daughters.

ONCE ON THIS ISLAND--click here to access show information

Listen to samples of the music from ONCE ON THIS ISLAND

This highly original and theatrical Caribbean adaptation of the popular fairy tale “The Little Mermaid” sings and dances the story of Ti Moune, the black peasant girl who rescues, nurses and falls in love with Daniel, a mulatto from a wealthy family. When Daniel is returned to his people, the gods who rule the island guide Ti Moune on a quest to test the strength of her love against the powerful forces of prejudice, hatred and death.

“Once On This Island” is a director/choreographer’s dream, an intimate show presented in a dance/movement-driven style reminiscent of story theatre, with a small band and minimal – though colorful – sets and costumes that capture the imagination of the audience. Its catchy, contemporary, and Caribbean-flavored score by the Tony® Award-winning songwriting team of Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (“Ragtime” and the animated film “Anastasia”) includes tender ballads and rousing celebratory numbers for an ensemble cast of strong singers.

Optional text substitutions from the authors allow “Once On This Island” to be performed in the amateur market by actors of any race, making the minimal production requirements of this moving, uplifting show even more flexible.

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Opened 10/18/1990 Ran for 469 performances.

A rattling good time! A carnival of swirling rhythm. Delightful." - New York Post

"Explodes with music and motion! The best musical of the season!"
- Associated Press

"Rousing, musical theatre! Everyone is likely to emerge from the theatre ready to dance down the street" - The New York Times"

PIPPIN--click here to access show information

Listen to samples of the music from PIPPIN.

Once upon a time, the young prince Pippin longed to discover the secret of true happiness and fulfillment. He sought it in the glories of the battlefield, the temptations of the flesh and the intrigues of political power (after disposing of his father King Charlemagne the Great). In the end, he found it in the simple pleasures of home and family.

This hip, tongue-in-cheek, anachronistic fairy tale captivated Broadway audiences and continues to appeal to the young at heart everywhere (the show has become a staple on high school and college campuses). The energetic pop-influenced score by three-time Oscar®-winning composer/lyricist Stephen Schwartz (“Godspell,” “Children of Eden” and the animated films “Pocahontas,” “The Hunchback Of Notre Dame” and “The Prince Of Egypt”) bursts with one showstopping number after another, from soaring ballads to infectious dance numbers.

Featuring a strong ensemble cast and a show-stealing song-and-dance narrator, “Pippin” is equally effective as an intimate, black-box production (as envisioned by the authors) or as original director/choreographer Bob Fosse’s splashy, dance-driven spectacle, which included some of the most brilliant staging in Broadway history.

Opened 10/23/1972 Ran for 1944 performances.

Beguiling, highly original and...just plain wonderful!" - Boston Globe

"Extraordinary music theatre!" - Daily News

"Splendiferous theatricality, the kick of a lighting bolt and a passionate knack for being entertaining." -Time Magazine

The Wiz--click here to access show information

The New Musical Version of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum. Book by William F. Brown. Music and Lyrics by Charlie Smalls.

11 principals, various small parts, singers and dancers.

Var. sets.

Dorothy's adventures in the Land of Oz have been set to music in a dazzling, lively mixture of rock, gospel and soul music. Everybody knows the story, but now it's a new fantasy for today-- mysterious, opulent and fanciful.

"Radiates so much energy you can hardly sit in your seat . . . great fun."-- N.Y. Post.

"A continuous festival of movement ... splendid character songs."-- WWD. "A carnival of fun ... wickedly amusing show."-- Time.

"A virtual musical circus ... driving rhythms, soaring songs ... boisterous, exuberant."--

THE WIZARD OF OZ--click here to access show information

Little Dorothy Gale of Kansas, like so many girls her age, dreams of what lies over the rainbow. One day a twister hits her farm and carries her away over the rainbow to another world. Come join Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tinman, the Cowardly Lion and Toto as they travel the universe of Dorothy's imagination.

There are two versions of THE WIZARD OF OZ. Both include the songs Over The Rainbow, Munchkinland (Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead), If I Only Had A Brain, If I Only Had A Heart, If I Only Had The Nerve , We're Off To See The Wizard (Follow The Yellow Brick Road), The Jitterbug, and The Merry Old Land of Oz. The MUNY version has Evening Star. The RSC version also includes Poppies (Optimistic Voices) and If I Were King Of The Forest.
The MUNY version is the more theatrically conservative and employs its stage, actors, singers, dancers and musicians in traditional ways to tell Mr. Baum's story. The story and the music are treated by the adapters as elements of a classic stage musical without reference to their use in the film.

The RSC version is a more technically complex production and uses as much of the aura of the film as is possible to create in a modern theatre. It is an adaption for live stage performance, even while it strives to look and sound just like the famous film, in telling the story. There is more work for the SATB chorus and small vocal ensembles in the music material for the RSC version.

Put a smile on everyone's face with THE WIZARD OF OZ!


A version of WIZARD OF OZ based on the motion picture was presented with book adaptations by Frank Gabrielson by the Municipal Theatre of St. Louis in 1945. A second version with book adaptations by John Kane follows the famous motion picture even more closely and was presented by the Royal Shakespeare Company at the Barbican Centre in London in 1988.


Dorothy Gale, a young girl who lives on a farm in Kansas with her Aunt Em and Uncle Henry, gets in the way while the adults try to work. She finds a quiet place where she won't get into any trouble -Over The Rainbow. The girl is upset because their mean neighbor, Miss Gulch, presents her with a Sheriff's summons for her cherished dog, Toto. Toto escapes from Miss Gultch's bicycle basket and joins Dorothy as she runs away from the farm. They meet up with kind Professor Marvel, who convinces her to go back home. A cyclone hits the area, and Dorothy and Toto are locked out of the family's storm cellar. They go into her room in the house, where Dorothy is accidently hit on the head. This begins their journey to the Land of Oz.
When she wakes up in Oz, Dorothy is greeted by Glinda, the Witch of the North (who has an uncanny resemblance to Aunt Em.) Upon landing, Dorothy's house inadvertently lands on and fatally strikes the Wicked Witch of the East. This frees the Munchkins from the Wicked Witch of the East's power, so they now consider Dorothy their heroine -Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead & Munchkin Musical Sequence. The Wicked Witch of the West (Miss Gulch) comes to avenge her sister's death and to claim her sister's magic ruby slippers, only to find that Glinda has already put them on Dorothy's feet. The Wicked Witch of the West has a new challenge - to get those slippers for herself. Dorothy wants to go back home to Kansas, but the Munchkins tell her the only one who may help her get back home is the Wizard of Oz. So Dorothy is off to see the Wizard -Yellow Brick Road.

Along the way she meets three new friends and travel companions. The Scarecrow (Hunk, the first of Uncle Henry's farmhands) explains why he needs to see the Wizard in If I Only Had A Brain. The Tinman (Hickory) joins them because his life would be better If I Only Had A Heart and the Lion (Zeke) comes along -If I Only Had The Nerve. All four sing We're Off To See The Wizard.

The Wicked Witch of the West makes her second unsuccessful attempt to get Dorothy's ruby slippers when Dorothy is with the Scarecrow and the Tinman. But she fails to scare them. Her next plan includes the Lion, and involves a beautiful field of poppies with a poisonous scent. Glinda rescues the travelers by turning the poppies into snowflakes -Poppies.

Our travelers arrive at the Emerald City to be discouraged from entering by the Gatekeeper (Uncle Henry). He finally lets them in -Merry Old Land Of Oz. Before they are allowed to meet the Wizard, the travelers must be cleaned up by the Osians. Even after they prepare for the meeting, the Wizard refuses to meet them. The Wicked Witch appears again. The lion fantasizes in King Of The Forest. The guard finally brings them to the Wizard, but the four friends must prove themselves worthy of the Wizard's help by bringing him the Wicked Witch of the West's broomstick. The only way to get her broomstick would be to kill her. So off the foursome goes, to the land of the Winkies (the Wicked Witch's slaves) and the Wicked Witch's castle.

The group is in the haunted forest filled with jitterbugs that spook them. The jitterbugs make them dance until they all collapse from exhaustion - Jitterbug and then the Wicked Witch's flying monkeys swoop down and capture Dorothy and Toto. At the castle the Wicked Witch again fails to take the ruby slippers off Dorothy's feet, so threatens Dorothy with her life. Toto manages to escape. The Lion, Scarecrow and Tinman recover from the poppies' scent, and make it to the castle to rescue Dorothy. Toto meets them at the entrance, and they sneak in, wearing Winkie uniforms, as part of the Winkie army. The foursome and Toto are reunited, but the Wicked Witch prevents their escape. The Wicked Witch becomes even meaner and threatens the Scarecrow with fire on her broomstick. Dorothy throws a bucket of water at the fire and ends up dousing the Wicked Witch. The Wicked Witch screams, smoulders and shrinks. She melts into nothing. -Ding Dong The Witch Is Dead (reprise). The foursome take the broom back to the Wizard.

The Wizard is again reluctant to see the travelers, but Toto playfully pulls aside the curtain that separates the Wizard from them. An ordinary man (Professor Marvel) speaking into a microphone is revealed. As the Wizard he performs graduation exercises, giving the Scarecrow a Dr. of Thinkology, making the Lion a member of the Legion of Courage and giving the Tinman a heart-shaped watch. He offers to take Dorothy back to Kansas in his hot-air balloon. The balloon accidently takes off without Dorothy and Toto, but Glinda saves the day. She explains to Dorothy that all this time, Dorothy has had the power herself to go home. All she has to do is close her eyes, tap her heels together three times and repeat to herself "there's no place like home."
Back in Kansas the storm is over. Dorothy wakes up confused, with a bump on her head. She and Toto were not the only ones who had an adventure during the storm. Miss Gulch was hit by a telegraph pole and broke her leg. At least Miss Gulch won't be bothering Toto for a while. Dorothy appreciates her family and friends even more than ever.

Students narrowed the first list of five to three titles: The Wiz, Pippin and Once on this Island. Please see one of the members of the musical selection committee: Cami Cortney, Molly Cox, Blake DeForest, Hannah Jacoby, Katie Jacoby, Taylor Kuhn, Jenna Ladd, Kelsey Moore, Maddie Overholtzer, Ben Rausch, Matt Sharp

Thursday, November 20, 2008

LCHS Drama & LCHS I.T.S. Winter Performing Arts Series

In our November 20, 2008 MARAT/SADE Post-Mortem, I.T.S. and Department leaders chose two productions for our Term II LCHS Performing Arts Series as possibilities for us to attend in order to sample and experience good theatre in the Omaha/Council Bluffs Metropolitan area. Students chose A CHRISTMAS CAROL (Omaha Community Playhouse) and AVENUE Q (Omaha Broadway Series) as possibilities for our program.
Students may attend one, both (or more than two) of the experiences. Scholarship opportunities are available for students who are leaders in the program and demonstrate financial need. Please see Mr. McLaughlin if interested in a scholarship.

We will choose dates next week. Students interested in attending one or both of the events will begin payments prior to the event.

Omaha Classic
A Christmas Carol
– Omaha, Omaha Community Playhouse

Nov 21- Dec 23

$24 students, $39 adults
*attendance to this performance requires a parent permission slip for content and travel
**paying adult/parent chaperones requested


e Q – (Broadway) Iowa City, Hancher Auditorium
February 24-March 1
Avenue Q – (Broadway) Omaha, Orpheum Theater Mar 25 – 29
*attendance to this performance requires a parent permission slip for content and travel
**paying adult/parent chaperones requested
$25 - $50 (depends)
AVENUE Q Official Website
AVENUE Q Broadway on Tour Photos
AVENUE Q Reviews

Stomp – (Broadway Series) Orpheum Theater
Dec 12-14
$25 - $50 (depends on date and time)

Cats – (Broadway) Orpheum Theater
Jan 30 – Feb 1
$25 - $49 (depends)

Grease – (Broadway) Orpheum Theater
Feb 18 – 22
$28 - $63 (depends)

Bat Boy – Omaha Community Playhouse
Feb 20 – Mar 29
$24 students, $39 adults

Wicked – (Broadway) Orpheum Theater

May 6 – 31
$30 - $80 (depends)

Gypsy – Omaha Community Playhouse
May 29 – June 28
$24 students, $39 adults

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

ITS Meeting Minutes 8-26-2008


The meeting was called to order at 2:53PM in the Lewis Central High School Drama Room.


Members In Attendance: Nate Black, Tyler Butler, Whitney Clark, Billy Coon, Camilla Courtney, Molly Cox, Blake DeForest, Brooke Elliff, Shannon Gascoigne, Andrew Gulden, Mark Hamilton, Olivia Handy, Taylor Hughes, Hannah Jacoby, Katie Jacoby, Jarren Jenkins, Liz Knoble, Jenna Ladd, Nicole McGuire, Becca McMillen, Tayler Mehsling, David Mescher, Kelsey Moore, Jordan Morgan, Jami Mundt, Jessica Nightser, Maddie Overholtzer, Ryan Penney, Lauren Petri, Sarah Piercy, Alysha Rau, Ben Rausch, Megan Reif, Cole Schnitker, Rachel Shrader, Chloe Smith, Alaina Walker, Kyle Wineland, Matt Wolf, Courtney Zucca

Excused Absence: Austin Blay, Pat Gillespie, Alexix Grgrich, Danny Lich, Matt Sharp

Unexcused Absence: Eric Clark, Jared Juel, Alex Mares, Sarah Marshall, Jerrod Scheffel, Mikael Scheffel


We are going to focus on fewer projects this year and actually get them done excellently.

Nebraska Theatre Caravan: McG informed us that LC will host the Nebraska Theatre Caravan, a professional Actor's Equity repertory company on September 30, 2008. They will be bringing a production of A Midsummer Night's Dream to be performed outside in the space that was initially set aside for the LCHS auditorium.

20 lucky ITS members will be chosen to attend workshops at IWCC that will be lead by the company.

ITS is thankful to Mr. Hale for helping make this a reality for us a Lewis Central. This package would normally cost several thousand dollars and our student body will be receiving it free of charge. We are extremely excited about this opportunity.

Display Case: It was decided that we are actually going to use the drama display case this year. Many cool ideas are being put together. For example curtains, mega pictures, ‘LC DRAMA’ in wood letters, plastic columns, masks, and tv screens.

We need to put together a great team that can get this project on the road. We want to show the rest of the school how amazing the drama department really is. If you would like to help with the display case, keep your ears open as a meeting will be scheduled soon.


An idea came about that we start sparingly in January so that it will be less chaotic. The production team would get a plan in order, the calendar written, and the Bible set up. With the choir directors the music will be learned, the auditions will happen, and the cast will be determined.

*WINTER ACTIVITIES* We need to make sure that students invovled in Winter Activities don’t feel like we are trying to keep them out. We want them and they need to know that. Members responded favorably to this idea.

Having a choreographer come in is trying to be arranged. So that the dancers are having fun and looking great! This would also allow McG to leave so he can help the production team.

We want the approval letter sent for the spring musical a lot sooner this year so that we can get started! We need another team of ITS members to start sampling musicals. Anyone can do this and we encourage you to find some musicals so that we have a wide selection. If you have any ideas already, let your ITS Senior-President Ben Rausch, your ITS Junior-President Courtney Zucca, or McG know.

So go online…..with some friends…..or by yourself…..find ideas…..but don’t get attached. Ready? Go!


Something that is going to change for this year is that the students are not going to be the messengers for teachers, directors, or coaches. If they have something to say to McG, or McG has something to say to them, make sure that you don’t do it for them.

The directors will be meeting on every Wednesday early out to review the master Performing Arts Calendar and "hammer out"


Many people agreed that since we have done a comedy for the past five years, that we should try something new and show the community that the LCHS drama department can take on something new. Others expressed how they still want a comedy because we have many funny people in our department and that we should show off their talents.

Other genres were thought up. Melodrama, Horror/Thriller/Mystery, Drama. Also the idea of having a dinner theater came up.
Thoughts on having a Melodrama: It would be something that has a hero and villain. The actors would get to interact with the audience. It would be very easy for us to do. The technical requirements are very low, but the costumes are very elaborate. Students show interest.

Thoughts on having a Horror/Thriller: The technical requirements for this genre would be quite high. But of course our drama students could handle it. We want to keep the audience on the edge of their seats. Since it will be around the holiday of Halloween, members thought that we could attract more audience members. And with the arrival of our new light board (Yes, you may scream at this exciting news), we could get some really cool scenes in. This would allow a lot of opportunities. But other students think that the audience won’t want to be scared the whole time and that we would lose audience members. Either way, we still had interest shown.

Thoughts on Dinner Theatre: This would not be in the auditorium. The audience would eat while watching us perform. Some thought this could be a great learning experience. Since everyone likes to eat, it might be fun. It was asked if we could do a thriller and the dinner theatre. But we would want all the special effects that the auditorium could give us. Audience Participation, Melodrama, and a Romantic Comedy could work for dinner theatre. A disclaimer arose though. Since we would be serving food, the cost would go up. We want as many people to come as possible and this may cause a problem.

After a vote, dinner theatre was ruled out.

Genre Decision: Everyone had one vote to select the genre for this year’s fall play.
The count came to Melodrama: 14. Thriller/Horror/Mystery:18.

Some other important decisions had to be made. Cast size and set size.

Thoughts a small cast: It would turn out really well, for they would have a lot of time to work with McG. But it wouldn’t give anyone experience who isn’t part of the cast.

Thoughts on a large cast: It would give a lot of people experience. But it might not have as great as quality as a small cast. It also might confuse the audience members with so many characters.

The decision: A small-medium cast size. This means from about 8-14. Based on that decision, we decided to have a large set.

Auditions are going to be held in two weeks!

If you don’t like the results, get over it. You can’t change it. So turn your harsh energy into helpful energy. Think of ways that your talents can be used to help make this an amazing year!

Lead by example!

Groups will be sent to the 9th grade Leadership Classes to try and recruit freshman. We will talk about auditions, what the drama kids are like, and what the whole experience is about.

An executive board will be created. It will contain all current officers and two representatives from each class.

Keep your ears open! Meeting times and important notes will be announced. It is your job after that to remember them and let others know.

The meeting ended at 4:00PM.

Submitted respectfully,

Camilla Cortney,
ITS Secretary

Monday, June 9, 2008

ITS Summer Leadership Academy Part I of III: Tuesday, June 17, 2008

June 17, 2008 * ITS Dinner Meeting
6:00 PM * Location To Be Announced

Newly elected ITS President Ben Rausch and Mr. McLaughiln have started plans for a blockbuster 2008-2009 season for the Lewis Central Drama Department. We do need to take care of some business before the school year starts.

In the past we have had a two or three day ITS Summer Leadership Academy in August. However, since we are publishing a joint Performing Arts Calendar this year and since our vocal and band camps are beginning in late July and running up until the Friday before school starts, we will be splitting our meeting up during the summer. WE ALSO WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE DO SOME TEAM-BUILDING, SOCIALIZING & FUN THINGS BEFORE SCHOOL STARTS.

So, please save Tuesday, June 17, 2008 at 6:00 PM for a dinner meeting. We are looking into the possibility of Buffalo Wild Wings, Quaker Steak Oil and Lube. However, we do have some business to conduct and we are concerned about having an environment where we can (1) install our officers; (2) begin the play and musical selection process; (3) discuss some possible changes in the calendar; and (4) have some fun, fun, fun... We are thinking about using the meeting room at Village Inn or the meeting room at Tish's. What are your thoughts? Let us know... None of us is as strong as ALL OF US.
If you have any suggestions, ideas, or need to chat Mr. McLaughlin (712.326.8557), Ben Rausch (618.979.7925) or Courtney Zucca (402.980.8029). We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday, June 17, 2008 at 6:00 PM. Email Mr. McLaughlin to let us know whether you can make it or not so we can make reservations. We will need a pretty accurate number. Hope summer is treating you well!

Monday, June 2, 2008

ITS Induction Script

Lewis Central High School
International Thespian Society Induction
Spring of 2009

Mr. McLaughlin: We will begin tonight with our induction ceremony. If you could please take your seats and turn off your phones or silence them as we are about to begin. Please refrain from taking photographs during the ceremony. There will be an opportunity to take photographs at the conclusion of the ceremony.

(Blake waits 15 seconds and begins drum beat. Lights fade once drum beats begin. Five beats into the ceremony, Danny knocks on the door three times, pauses 10 second and knocks three times again.)

Who are these strangers that knock on the doors of our theatre and seek admittance into this, our Society.

Danny Lich: They are worth initiates who have proved their commitment to our school, the drama program and their peers.

Mr. McLaughlin: Then bid them enter and take their spots on the stage to await further instructions.

(Wait for students to take their spots on the stage. )

Ben: “Friends, it is a pleasure to welcome you here to share in the induction of 18 members into Lewis Central High School’s Troupe No. 5150 of the International Thespian Society.

Through hard work, sacrifice, and dedication, the candidates have earned the right to be called Thespians. It is a title of honor, signifying a commitment to an art as old as humanity.

Courtney: “Commitment to theatre is what the International Thespian Society is all about. The Society was established in 1929 by a group of college and high schools teachers in Fairmont, West Virginia. They named their organization for Thespis. During the Sixth century before Christ, one of the writers of tragedy who won the approval of the priests at the Festival of Dionysus was Thespis.

Jenna: About 535 BC a new dimension was added to drama when Thespis, a prominent leader of the chorus, stepped from that group and recited portions of the drama alone, thereby becoming the first professional actor.

Brooke: We also believe that it was he who first used masks so that a person could portray more than one part. In honor of this early Greek playwright, all actors are called thespians.

Cami: In his honor we are the International Thespian Society. We have as our emblem the two masks of comedy and tragedy etched in colors of gold and blue bound together with the Thespian ’T.’

Nicole: Wearers of this emblem should remember that it represents a proud and dignified heritage, and that this heritage is now entrusted to us—to you.

Blake: In the 77 years since, the Society has grown into an international organization with more than two million members, but its goals haven’t changed; the Thespian Society still strives to make arts education and drama programs places for good theatre and to honor those students whose work in the theatre is excellent.

Jenna: The Society is the highest honor a secondary student can earn in drama. It is an organization dedicated to service and integrity. As a member of ITS, you join a group that includes not only accomplished actors but people who have distinguished themselves in business, science, law, medicine, and every other field of endeavor.

Katie: “We join here for a rite of renewal and celebration.” We now ask all new members of the Thespian Troupe #5150 to please step forward as we read your name.

Brooke Elliff: The new Inductees are:
(students step forward into the spotlight, there is a pause in the reading after each inductee, inductee crosses to light his/her candle)
Shaylia Barber
Alaura Bingham
Ryan Epperson
Megan Fender
(students step forward into the spotlight, there is a pause in the reading after each inductee, inductee crosses to light his/her candle)
James Hodge
Sarah Gates
Doug Johnstone
Jennifer Leafty

(students step forward into the spotlight, there is a pause in the reading after each inductee, inductee crosses to light his/her candle)

Kaiti Madsen
Erick Martin
Sabrina McKeever
Michael Miller
(students step forward into the spotlight, there is a pause in the reading after each inductee, inductee crosses to light his/her candle)
Shawn Moore
Ricky O'Doniel
Rebekah Piercy
Derek Sevener

(students step forward into the spotlight, there is a pause in the reading after each inductee, inductee crosses to light his/her candle)
Ben Tweedt
Jorge Villalta
Jessica Willadsen
Jeff Wallin

ALL: Congratulations on earning the right of calling yourself a Thespian.

Courtney: Will all current members and members in our audience please stand, and join the new members in saying our Thespian Pledge. Raise your right hand and repeat after the Honorable Troupe Director.

MCLAUGHLIN: “I promise to uphold the aims and ideals of the International Thespian Society. / I am a friend to the performing arts, / to morality, / to integrity, / to character, / to loyalty and to my fellow Thespians, / and to the Lewis Central Theatre Department. /
I am and always will remain a student of drama. / Excellence – not perfection – is my ideal. / I promise to perform my part as well as I can; / to accept praise and criticism with grace; / to cooperate with my fellow Thespians/ and work for the good for the troupe; / and the share my love of theatre. / It is my goal that after having labored in the theatre, / it will stand a taller and stronger institution.”

Guest members and alums may now be seated.

Hannah: “Congratulations and welcome to the Society, and remember our motto, which comes from Alexander Pope’s ‘Essay on Man’:’Act well your part; there all the honor lies.”

Becca: Your hard work, dedication, enthusiasm, and love of the theatre has rewarded you with on of the greatest honors that you could receive in high school.

Nicole: We, too, are honored to have you join our Troupe. The tradition of the International Thespian Society at Lewis Central High School has seen many talented people come and go and we are certainly glad that all of you have joined us.

Molly: It has been amazing to see your talent blossom in this program. The past years have been wonderful for drama and we are glad that you are, and will be, a part of it. We will not forget what each individual will bring to the program.

Mark: Miracles have taken place where you have stood. Just look around you, everyone that is here tonight has given something great to the theatre and to you.

Blake: No one could fill the shoes that you wear… we gave you the baton and you ran madly with it.

Whitney: For that, the world and we recognize you into the International Thespian Society at Lewis Central High School. Congratulations!!

McLaughlin: Please join us in welcoming the newest member of our three million member Society by standing and applauding their excellence.

Parents and guests who would like to take photographs can join us in taking photographs now.

Please join us in the front two rows of the auditorium for our awards show tonight.

Saturday, May 31, 2008

ITS Members Elect 2008-2009 Titan International Thespian Society Officers

MEETING MINUTES * May 28, 2008 * 2:55 PM
Lewis Central High School Drama Room

Mr. McLaughlin called the meeting to order at 2:55 pm.

Members in Attendance: Austin Blay, Tyler Butler, Whitney Clark, Camilla Cortney, Billy Coon, Blake DeForest, Brooke Elliff, Shannon Gascoigne, Pat Gillespie, Alexis Grgurich, Andrew Gulden, Mark Hamilton, Olivia Handy, Taylor Hughes, Hannah Jacoby, Katie Jacoby, Elizabeth Knoble, Taylor Kuhn, Jenna Ladd, Nicole McGuire, Becca McMillen, Tayler Mehsling, David Mescher, Jordan Morgan** , Kelsey Moore, Jami Mundt, Jessica Nightser, Maddie Overholtzer, Ryan Penney, Lauren Petri, Sarah Piercy, Alysha Rau, Ben Rausch, Megan Reif, Cole Schnitker, Rachel Shrader, Alaina Walker, Matt Wolf, Courtney Zucca

Absent Members: Nathan Black, Eric Clark**, Molly Cox (excused), Jarren Jenkins, Jared Juel, Danny Lich (excused), Alex Mares, Sara Marshall, Jerrod Scheffel, Mikael Scheffel, Matt Sharp, Chloe Smith , Kyle Wineland

**Non-voting member until inducted

The members of Lewis Central's Chapter of the International Thespian Society packed the LC Drama Room on the last official school day of the term to elect its officers and begin plans for some summer social activities to kick-off a fantastic 2008-2009 LC Department of Drama season.

Troupe #5150 members amended the ITS Constitution to rewrite the description of Vice-President to be ITS Junior President, an assistant to the ITS Senior President in achieving the Troupe's goals and conducting its business. The vote carried unanimously.

Mr. McLaughlin appointed an ad-hoc elections committee to count the ballots for the elections.

Ben Rausch was elected 2008-2009 ITS President.

Mr. McLaughlin handed the gavel over to ITS President Ben Rausch to conduct the remainder of the business for the meeting.

Courtney Zucca was elected 2008-2009 ITS Junior President.

Camilla Cortney was elected 2008-2009 Secretary.

Matt Wolf was elected 2008-2008 Treasurer.

Members decided to modify its ITS Summer Leadeship Academy to move from a two or three day meeting to three days spread out over the summer. One day will be held in each month of the summer. The group will socialize and begin planning the fall play, the Drama II play and the spring musical. The group will also work to implement the Drama I Showcase each term during the year.

The meeting adjourned at 3:40 PM.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Jesus- Must be the most charismatic individual in the cast.
High energy, charming, funny, gentle but with strength. He is the
sort of person others instinctively follow.

John the Baptist/Judas- He has attributes of both
Biblical figures: he is both Jesus' lieutenant and most ardent
disciple and the doubter who begins to question and rebel. Like
Jesus, he is also charismatic, but in more of an overt
revolutionary way. Usually played by someone handsome and
masculine, with an undertone of sexuality. He is the most "serious"
and intellectual of the group, though as with all the actors, he
must still possess a good sense of physical comedy.

Jeffrey- Very high energy. Impish and playful. In the
original, he played several musical instruments, including
concertina and recorder.

Lamar- Not the brightest in the bunch, he is a little
slow on the uptake. But there is a great sweetness and innocence
about him. Because he sings "All Good Gifts," he must be a very
good singer.

Herb- The comedian, the class clown. The guy who can do a
hundred voices and imitations. This is also the role that sings the
least, so it is wise to cast it for a comedian rather than a

Robin- A bit of a tomboy, but basically open and sweet.
She is the first of the group to commit to following Jesus in the
song "Day by Day."

Joanne- The confident one, the show-off. The first one to
volunteer, sometimes jumps in before she really understands what's
going on.

Peggy- The shy one. Sometimes a little slow to get
things, but when she does, she commits all the way. Has an "earth
mother" kind of warmth to her.

Sonia- Sassy and slightly cynical, the most urban of the
group. Also the "sexy" one, but her sexiness contains a large
element of put-on, in the manner of Mae West or Madonna (who in
fact once played this role).

Gilmer- The female equivalent of the class clown. Goofy
and a cut-up. this is the female role that sings least, and
therefore should be cast with a strong comedienne.

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